National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition: A Field Guide Review

10,000 Birds

The point is, the field guide I grabbed without hesitation was the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition by Jon L. Dunn and Jonathan Alderfer, which had just been published (and which National Geographic had kindly sent me for review). The 7th edition of the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America covers 1,023 species that reside, migrate, or have been documented as accidentals or exotics in North America.

National Geographic Complete Birds of North America, 2nd Edition: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

The second edition of the National Geographic Complete Birds of North America, 2nd Edition has one of the longest book names in bird bookdom: National Geographic Complete Birds of North America, 2nd Edition: Now Covering More Than 1,000 Species With the Most-Detailed Information Found in a Single Volume. How do the species accounts here differ from the species accounts in the 6th edition of the National Geographic Field Guide ?

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Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record by Errol Fuller is one of these books. Yes, it is about extinction, a popular topic in the Year of the Passenger Pigeon. But it examines extinction in a very different way. Most of the books about extinction, including Fuller’s Extinct Birds (now, ironically, out of print), describe what was lost and look for explanations, scientifically and historically. There is hope because extinction is being witnessed.

Genetic Engineers and Conservation Biologists: Scenes From a First Date

Nature Conservancy - Science

Sipping coffee one morning in early April, my eyes quickly darted to an article in my city newspaper by our local hunting columnist entitled “De-extinction coming to Montana.” And de-extinction? Extinction may not be forever. We are on the verge of re-creating extinct species like the passe ger pigeon, yet doing so should give us pause to consider a number of scientific, conservation, political, and philosophical issues. ?

314 U.S. Bird Species Threatened — Many with Extinction — by Global Warming

10,000 Birds

Many of those will lose so much range so quickly that extinction seems highly likely. Here’s how that looks on a map: Scientists have long understood that climatic conditions, including temperature, precipitation, and seasonal changes, define species’ ability to exist in specific geographic locations. So during Extinction Week here at 10,000 Birds, here’s my pitch, from birder to birder: Get involved in the fight against global warming.

The Green Buzz: Friday, March 15

Conservancy Talk

If we have the ability, should we bring back extinct species ? National Geographic ). Birds Climate Change Environmental News Global Warming The Green Buzz big bang daily news environmental news famine global warming green news Huffington Post Green Mother Nature Network National Geographic NY Times physicist Species extinction Washington PostWe’re ending this week on a Big Bang. Here’s your green news round-up. Eureka!

The Green Buzz: Thursday, May 30

Conservancy Talk

National Geographic ). Conservation efforts save dwarf foxes from extinction in record time. Africa Animals Birds Environmental News Insects The Green Buzz bird fossil conservation daily news dwarf fox environmental news fossil galapagos islands Google Street View green news Guardian Kenya Mongabay National Geographic nature Philippines pirate ant poaching Treehugger In today’s green news, we meet a swashbuckling new species.

The Green Buzz: Friday, March 22

Conservancy Talk

You know those mass extinctions 135 million years ago? National Geographic ). Africa Environmental News Green Living The Green Buzz Water Conservation CNN daily news environmental news Fresh Water giant squid green news Huffington Post Green land grabs MNN Mother Nature Network National Geographic volcano Water conservation water crisis water usage Wired World Water DayHappy World Water Day!

“Winged Warnings” Sounds the Avian Alarm

10,000 Birds

That’s the message of “Winged Warnings,” a new campaign by Environmental Health News and National Geographic. Over six weeks, they’ll be sharing stories about the larger implications of bird vulnerability and extinction. News Bird Conservation extinction iucn passenger pigeon

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Green (Living) Review

Original six-part production aims to help save endangered species with expert help and guidance from the WWF Environmental programming on "Our Earth", one of network's five main channels, hopes to instigate change, empower viewer NEW YORK / LONDON (April 2009) - " Extinction Sucks ", the first ever wildlife TV series produced especially for online viewing, debuts April 3rd on Babelgum Web and Mobile. Tags: Extinction Sucks Babelgum

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Click a Button, Save a Parrot

10,000 Birds

Maybe the proposition isn’t that simple, but you can vote to allocate $40,000 from National Geographic Germany to Fundación ProAves to support conservation of the practically extinct Fuertes’s Parrot. Yes, rhinos, red pandas, chamois, and other charismatic creatures also deserve help, but this is a birding site so you know which way we’re voting! Asides Conservation parrots

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Close (and Really Old), But No Hummer

10,000 Birds

Pumiliornis tessellatus was a now-extinct species with no modern relatives. The three-inch-long, “very weird-looking” bird apparently had a long, hummer-like beak and feet made for perching, researchers told National Geographic. It eats like a hummingbird and is tiny like a hummingbird, but the oldest pollinating bird was not a hummingbird. That’s according to scientists who discovered the bird’s 47-million-year-old fossil in Germany.

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The Green Buzz: Friday, June 14

Conservancy Talk

Near extinct Philippine Eagle found to be thriving elsewhere in the Philippines – queue the R. ” National bird of the Philippines found nesting in previously unknown region, leads to conservation effort ( ABS-CBN ). Cultivation of sea cucumbers leads to conservation efforts in Madagascar ( National Geographic ). Kelly track, “I believe I can fly.”

Dialogues on the Environment: Q&A with Stewart Brand

Conservancy Talk

Mark Tercek: Speaking of new ideas, your recent TED talk on de-extinction—bringing back extinct species by recreating their genomes—was intriguing. Stewart Brand: As it happens, National Geographic invited me to blog about why undertaking some de-extinction now might help conservation. Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy. You can follow Mark on Twitter @MarkTercek and find more of his writing on The Huffington Post.

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, March 6

Conservancy Talk

If species become extinct , should we bring them back? National Geographic ). CITES has threatened 3 African and 5 Asian nations with sanctions if they don’t help combat the illegal ivory trade. In case you hadn’t heard… The New York Times has slashed its environmental coverage (minus story #3). We’re bummed. Mongabay ). The Fish and Wildlife service is finally deciding on whether 258 species are endangered or not. ( New York Times ).

Why Are Rhinos Endangered?


Both species survive in very limited ranges, primarily in national parks [4]. Evidence of prehistoric rhinos can be found right after that of the extinction of the dinosaurs. These two reductions exacerbate one another, as narrow population ranges limit genetic diversity and make the rhinoceros particularly vulnerable to extinction [4] , yielding dramatic population losses of over 60,000 black rhinos in only 20 years [5]. What species of rhinos are already extinct?

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The Falcon Thief: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

The simple answer is monetary gain, there is a global black market for these items, regardless of the species’ vulnerability for extinction. We then switch to Andy McWilliam, a genial investigator with the National Wildlife Crime Unit, who combines the skill of a life doing police work with a deep appreciation for the importance of Great Britain’s wildlife laws. September 2017, Cerrado, Brazil.

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243-million-year-old reptile was vegan before it was cool


World Tech Today shares National Geographic’s latest fossil discovery of an ancient algae loving vegan. Nick Fraser, a paleontologist at the National Museum of Scotland, said they “were blown away by this.” Predicted to have lived six million years following the largest extinctions in the history of our planet, the Permian extinction, scientists say it may have adapted to take advantage of new food sources.

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Critically Endangered Egyptian Tortoise: “Rarer Than Rockin Horse Poo…”

Green Prophet

They are also facing extinction in the wild as a result. After a 1994 survey conducted by Sherif Baha el-Din failed to turn up any tiny tortoises in Egypt, they were thought to have gone extinct. But wildlife conservationists at the Bristol Zoo fear that Egypt’s small population could face total extinction within the next two decades if measures are not taken to better protect them. These tiny Egyptian Tortoises are a hot commodity among illegal wildlife traders.

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Fatwa saves tigers! Hunting rare creatures, dear Muslims, is now Haram

Green Prophet

Developed in consultation with environmental charities and academics from Jakarta’s National University, the fatwa also forbids commercial trading of rare species and urges government review all palm oil plantations. Java rhinoceros are critically endangered and already extinct in China and India, and Lar Gibbons are threatened by deforestation (not to mention an increased demand for their meat!). Could a fatwa , a religious Muslim order, save a tiger?

Listening to Falcons: The Peregrines of Tom Cade

10,000 Birds

That summer of 1938, when he was ten years old, Cade read of two brothers, Frank and John Craighead, who wrote of their experiences with falcons in National Geographic. And they were the ones who, at the end of the conference, decided to get together and talk about the possibility of breeding Peregrines in captivity as a way of at least saving the species from extinction.” Author Sherrida Woodley thinks deeply about dearly departed birds.

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Eyes of the Tiger, Tree-Hugging Koalas & Brainy Bees

Nature Conservancy - Science

Survivor, Climate : Modeling climate negotiations as a bargaining game, study finds the value of side deals among poor nations (SciDevNet). National Geographic). 200 tons of illegally caught Atlantic bluefin tuna show how we’re driving these fish to extinction. Does collecting specimens cause extinction? ( Tiger close-up, modified from a photo by Flickr user vishwanath Hawargi through a Creative Commons license.

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Saving Elephants, One Vial of Scat at a Time

Wend Magazine

A couple of years ago, I met Dr. Samuel Wasser, the director of the Center for Conservation Biology at the University of Washington and an expert on African elephants, at a meeting for National Geographic Explorers in Seattle, WA. If poaching continues at this rate, African elephants will be extinct outside of protected areas in the next couple decades. It’s a war-torn nation. Get the FREE Wend Digital Edition!

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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition: A Field Guide Review

10,000 Birds

Plus, in a major expansion, the birds of Hawaii, the most recent geographical addition to the American Birding Association Checklist. Extinct birds, such as Ivory-billed Woodpecker, are included. In fact, there is a whole, sad page depicting 11 out of the 33 extinct Hawaiian birds, representing “the greatest loss of avian diversity in the world” (p.

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Lek at This, Billboard Fins and Shrinking Goats

Nature Conservancy - Science

Extinction Countdown). National Geographic). Male sage grouse displaying in a lek. Photo by Flickr user Rob Crow through a Creative Commons licencse. By Bob Lalasz, Matt Miller, Lisa Feldkamp and Cara Byington of the TNC Science Communications team. We find tons of cool conservation and conservation science stuff on the Internets — and share the best of it with you every week in The Cooler : Biodiversity & Wildlife.

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Ghost Lemurs, Seeking Nemo, and the $100B Hurricane

Nature Conservancy - Science

Extinction Countdown) . National Geographic). Baby clownfish can travel up to 250 miles in search of a new reef. Photo credit: Flickr user Sergiu Bacioiu , through a Creative Commons 2.0 license. By Marty Downs, Bob Lalasz, Matt Miller, Lisa Feldkamp and Cara Byington of the TNC Science Communications team.

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How to Know the Birds: The Art and Adventure of Birding – A Book Review

10,000 Birds

How to Know the Birds talks about 200 commonly found birds in North America (including one extinct bird, the Passenger Pigeon) in 200 brief essays, each exactly one page long. I do wish that there could have been some way to also include notes on geographic distribution, in both the Checklist and the essays themselves. National Geographic, March 2019, 304 pages, 6.3 “Get a field guide!” ” That’s what novice birders are told, over and over.

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Antarctic Invaders, Fungal Wonders and Birds Galore

Nature Conservancy - Science

Extinction Countdown/Scientific American). National Geographic). Vanishing: Nearly one-quarter of all Earth’s carnivores and ungulates have moved one or more IUCN categories closer to extinction since 1970. Extinction watch…for environmental groups? A bird that twists it’s head like a snake and hisses: the European Wryneck, aptly known as the Jynx bird. Photo credit: Arnstein Rønning , licensed through a Creative Commons 2.0 license.

Falconry – Bloodsport or Alternative Form of Birding?

10,000 Birds

I’ve recently returned from a filming trip in Arizona where I have been working on a production for National Geographic on Harris’s (Harris) Hawks. Falconers are the primary reason why the Peregrine Falcon was brought back from the brink of extinction – by supplementing the dwindling wild population with captive birds.

Will Polar Bears Die Out Because of Climate Change?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Will they eventually go extinct, morph into another species, or something else? Without human intervention, most polar bear populations will be extinct in 30-40 years (Guardia 2013, Stirling 2012)). student at Utah State University, expressed some hope for polar bears eating snow geese eggs in a recent story in National Geographic Daily News. A polar bear in the Hudson Bay population. Photo credit: Alex Berger /Flickr through a Creative Commons license.

Mandrill on the Menu: What is the Value of a Wild Animal?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Up to this point, my experience with mandrills was limited to eye-catching photos in National Geographic. Quagga: Can an Extinct Animal be Bred Back into Existence? Notes from the field: March 22, 2015 – rural highway from Lambar én é to Libreville, Gabon. Wait, stop! That was a mandrill!”.

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Gulls Simplified: A Gull Book Review

10,000 Birds

Geographical probability is also an important part of the process. I compared the maps to those in the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th edition (2017) and though, yes, most of the ranges remain the same, there are some changes. I’m not a larophile*, but some of my favorite birders are. It’s hard to escape the mystic pull of wanting to excel at gull identification.

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Flying Dinosaurs: A Review by a Triceratops Fan

10,000 Birds

” A chapter on the infamous National Geographic incident, in which a Chinese faked fossil fooled some of the most notable dinosaur experts, is disturbing, as much for the willingness of experts to believe what they’re told as for the greed of the fraud perpetrators.

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Searching for the Rare “Crusty Nautilus” in the Bismarck Sea

Nature Conservancy - Science

Fast forward two years, and with the support from National Geographic, National Science Foundation and the Conservancy we were finally ready to go. We had learnt from Jeff Kinch, principal of the Papua New Guinea National Fisheries College, that drift shells of the common Nautilus pompilius and A.


Green (Living) Review

On Friday, April 3rd, Babelgum will launch the fun, highly-anticipated action-oriented "Extinction Sucks". Downstream" and "Extinction Sucks" embeddable trailers can be accessed at [link]. Two productions have already been completed: Downstream, focusing on the controversy over the development of the oil sands of Alberta, Canada, and Extinction Sucks, a wildlife series on the subject of conservation and protection, with the active involvement of WWF.

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Ahmed and the Return of the Arab Phoenix

The Green Changemakers

Syria is known more for contentious politics than conservation efforts, but in Ahmed and the Return of the Arab Phoenix , director Giuseppe Bucciarelli uncovers a small but powerful story of environmental success in the country’s desert—the return of the bald ibis, a bird previously thought extinct in Syria. Ahmed and the Return of the Arab Phoenix Directed by Guiseppe Bucciarelli, 2007, 23 minutes Watch the trailer.

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Developing Collective Wisdom in Communities, Cities, & Regions

The Green Changemakers

The regional and national organization and network hubs listed in the Movements section are a treasure-trove of useful information. Multi-stakeholder community councils, whole-systems planning and analysis, and collaborative organization and funding structures are examples of geographic community leadership tools for both today and tomorrow. According to the National Association for Community Mediation (n.d.),

Putting the Future Back in the Room

The Green Changemakers

If we fail, the resulting descent towards greater and greater catastrophe, will likely cause immeasurable human suffering and the end of civilization; it could include perhaps a general extinction of most life on Earth. Image editing: Amanda Reed) Image of gas mask smelling flowers from the first Earth Day from National Geographic Blog ; Credit: AP Photo, 1970.

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